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adj. Botany
Growing in tufts or clumps.

[New Latin caespitōsus, from Latin caespes, caespit-, turf.]

ces′pi·tose′ly adv.
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(Botany) a variant spelling (esp US) of caespitose
ˈcespiˌtosely adv
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Adj.1.cespitose - (of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
ungregarious - (of plants) growing together in groups that are not close together
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